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Border PoliticsThe Limits of Sovereign Power$
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Nick Vaughan-Williams

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748637324

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637324.001.0001

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Alternative Border Imaginaries: The Politics of Framing

Alternative Border Imaginaries: The Politics of Framing

(p.130) Chapter 5 Alternative Border Imaginaries: The Politics of Framing
Border Politics

Nick Vaughan-Williams

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter begins by assessing what the implications of the concept of the generalised biopolitical border might be and how this differs from the concept of the border of the state. It returns to the examples of the work that the latter does in contemporary political life in respect of framing the understanding of juridical-political order, the production of identities of citizen-subjects and global security relations. By rereading these examples in the light of the concept of the generalised biopolitical border, the chapter then explores how this alternative frame might entail new modes of practice/theory. Drawing on Jacques Derrida's account of the politics of framing, the chapter ends on a note of caution about the way in which thinking in terms of the generalised biopolitical border runs the risk of foisting the same problematic sense of form, shape and coherence on ‘global politics’ as a totality.

Keywords:   state border, biopolitical border, juridical-political order, global security, Jacques Derrida, framing

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